teaching interests

  • Comparative State & Local Policy & Administration

  • Emergency & Disaster Management & Policy

  • Intergovernmental Relations

  • Policy Analysis

  • Public & Nonprofit Budgeting & Finance

  • Public & Nonprofit Management

  • Research Methods & Data Analysis


teaching EXPERIENCE 

  • MPAD 6324 Financial Analysis for Nonprofit Organizations – Instructor of Record (Spring 2019)

  • POLS 2220 Political Science Methods – Instructor of Record (Fall 2018)

  • MPAD 6350 Public Sector Financial Management – Instructor of Record (Spring 2018)

  • PPOL 8000 Comparative State Politics - Guest Lecture on Environmental and Disaster Policy (Fall 2017)

  • MPAD 6352 Public Sector Financial Reporting and Analysis – Guest Lecture on Capital Projects & Debt Service Accounting (Fall 2017)

  • POLS 2220 Political Science Methods Lab – Team Teaching Lab Instructor (Fall 2017)

  • MPAD 6350 Public Sector Financial Management – Instructor of Record (Spring 2017)

  • LBST 2215 Citizenship – Instructor of Record (Fall 2016)

  • MPAD 6000 Qualitative Methods in Public Policy – Guest Lecture on Qualitative Coding (Summer 2016)

  • MPAD 6350 Public Sector Financial Management – Guest Lecture on Financial Statement Analysis (Fall 2015)


Teaching SKill development

  • Provost's Doctoral Teaching Fellowship (Summer/Fall 2016)

    • $5,000 stipend and seminar to introduce doctoral students to effective teaching practices and to help prepare them to pursue careers in academia

    • Seminar series:

      • Day 1 Overview and Expectations/Who are the students we teach?/Planning My Course/Canvas Training

      • Day 2 Course Planning/Syllabus Development/Course Policies

      • Day 3 Assigning Grades/Direct Teaching/ Active Learning/Participation Strategies/Indirect Teaching

      • Day 4 Flipped Classroom/Facilitating Discussion/ First Day of Class: Getting Off on the Right Foot

      • Day 5 Challenging Students and Situations/ Reflecting on Teaching/ Gradebook Using Canvas

    • Development activities:

      • Interview and observe faculty member

      • Two informal coaching sessions by assigned observer/mentor

      • One peer observation

      • Teaching reflection journal

  • Independent Study - MPAD 6350 Public Sector Financial Management (Fall 2015)

    • Teaching apprenticeship:

      • Shadowed course instructor

      • Performed guest lecture

      • Observation and feedback

  • Workshops

    • Using Feedback to Improve Teaching & Learning (Spring 2019)

    • Teaching with Poll Everywhere (Fall 2018)

    • Syllabus 101: Roadmap to Success (Fall 2018)


I credit a large amount of my academic achievement to the encouragement and support of brilliant faculty. Watching these mentors perform their magic in the classroom gives me several examples to pull from as I formulate my philosophy of teaching. I believe that the relationship between a teacher and students needs to be developed based on three ideas: partnership, respect, and participation.

Teaching Philosophy


  • A few excepts from MPAD 6324 Nonprofit Financial Management:

    • “This was a topic completely outside my wheelhouse, but Professor Pope made it approachable and relevant for me. I learned something new, whether it was an excel trick or an intriguing piece of information, in every class. All of the resources and readings provided added value. Time well spent!”

    • “I honestly can't think of any way to make this course better. I had no interest or experience with any financial analysis but Professor Pope made it and kept it interesting. I participated a lot more than I thought I would and was generally interested in learning more. Great Professor! She is a keeper!”

    • “Professor Pope was patient and understanding to those who had not clue what financial analysis was but needed the course to graduate. She kept the lectures interesting and interactive (forced learning) and engaging. I honestly did not think I would get a lot out of this class but have already used some of the knowledge in my job/career. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend her to other students who have to take this class with her.”

    • “Professor Pope was very clear on her grading and always offered help. She repeatedly let the student know when she was available and was very quick to respond to emails. That is greatly appreciated.”

  • A few excerpts from POLS 2220 Political Science Methods:

    • “Professor Pope did a great job at evaluating and making adjustments to get the class more involved and alert in lecture.”

    • “Professor Pope was great at explaining concepts during one on ones or during in class lab periods.”

    • “Professor Pope was extremely clear about grading expectations for this course and provided excellent feedback on assignments so that students could make necessary adjustments for the next assignment.”

    • “Professor Pope is very knowledgeable about Research Methods and did a great job at making sure students were able to succeed when it came to setting expectations for assignments and working one on one with students.”

  • A few excerpts from MPAD 6350 Public Financial Management:

    • "Flexible and engaged during class time."

    • "Overall, really beneficial course!"

    • "She did a wonderful job of explaining complex (and often dry) accounting topics. Professor Pope has had a diverse work background in a variety of fields. She was able to relate these accounting topics to her experience as a CPA, as well as a front-line public administrator (fire fighter)."

    • "Professor Pope always reminded us of her out-of-class availability, and was very approachable. She regularly held in-class discussions in which the comments and opinions of all students were heard and respected."

  • A few excerpts from POLS 2220 Political Science Methods Lab:

    • "She was an effective lab instructor. She was also helpful for any questions regarding our research project."

    • "Able to provide great responses to any questions for class work or projects."

    • "She was very fair and timely in her grading.

 

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